Films Of India
After a long long gap, director Anees Bazmee brings us the sequel to his hugely successful film Welcome. But with Akshay out of the picture, will this movie really hold up? Let's find out!
On the face of it, the plot of this movie is as complicated as Ranbir and Katrina's relationship status. The two gangster bros Uday (Nana Patekar) and Majnu (Anil Kapoor) are once again looking for a suitable groom for yet another sister played by Shruti Haasan. Just when they zero in on Dr. Ghungroo's son played by John, they realize that he is an even bigger gangster than they are. As if things weren't bad enough, Naseeruddin Shah steps in as the big baddie along with his son Shiney Ahuja. Now both the studs want to marry Shruti while the poor gangster bros are hell bent on preventing it all. In the midst of all this, you also have Dimple Kapadia and Ankita Shrivastava playing the role of a couple of conwomen chasing after the gangster brothers. You will really need to watch the movie to make sense of it all.
Welcome Back's biggest pitfall proves to be the screenplay. It is weak and predictable and this time around director Aness Bazmee seems to have paid more attention to grandeur and scale rather than working on the script. Which is sad considering the brilliant efforts of actors like Nana, Anil, Paresh, Dimple and Naseeruddin. Comparatively, John Abraham falls flat and fails to hold his own amongst this bunch of talented actors and this makes you miss Akshay Kumar all the more. The girls are there to simply provide eye candy and nothing more.
But that does not mean Welcome Back is without its moments. Some of the dialogues in the movie will stay with you and especially the graveyard scene is one you won't forget soon. There is just so much of potential here that it makes you feel that the makers should have put in more efforts in the script. The music of the movie is again nothing special.
Fans of the original may still find something worth loving in this sequel, although people who hate 'mindless comedies' should definitely stay away. We shall go with 2.5 stars for this unsatisfying comedy flick.